Chianti Classico Tasting
Join the Napa AWS Chapter for a serious tasting of Chianti Classico wines. We have arranged a tasting of numerous wines through Balzac Communications on Monday, August 19th at 6pm. Our site will be "Vineyard Park" at the end of Oak Street in Yountville (turn off of Washington). Please RSVP with us before attending...our fee is $10 for this tasting! We hope to see you there!
For a quick tidbit of Chianti Classico, read below....
As a classic wine region of the world, Chianti Classico gets a lot of ink. What exactly is Chianti Classico wine?It is territorial, certainly. You mess with their land, and they will not be pleased. Or more seriously, the region's borders were defined back in 1932, so those boundaries are sacrosanct and not changing any time soon. WHERE they are, means everything.
Sangiovese is the grape that produces wines that tend to be ruby red, with aromas of violets and iris, along with red fruits and a touch of refined spicy notes, especially in the Riserva wines. The producers must follow a strict set of rules in order for the bottle to include the area's allowable, and Italy's highest, quality designation of DOCG.Important is that the sangivoese grape be at least 80% of the blend (legally required), but it can be anywhere between 80-100%. The other 20% must be from a list of approved grapes including local varieties such as canaiolo and colorino, but also some international varieties like cabernet sauvignon and merlot. White grapes (trebbiano and malvasia and only up to 6%) used to be allowed in the blend, but no longer. That ended with the 2006 harvest. The non-riserva wines are put on the market starting October 1st of the year following the harvest year.Now that we have the basics down, please have a taste of Chianti Classico and see what the ultimate expression of sangiovese tastes like. We think you will like it!
Vineyard Park in Yountville (View)
Vineyard Park on Oak Street
Yountville, CA 94599